Running away screaming is not a proper way to thank someone for saving your life
Again with the information episodes that don’t explain anything! Blood-C has really taken off from the Saya based moefest from a couple of episodes ago. Anyways, I’ll let you be the judge on what the heck this all means.
Saya visits the scene of the previous night’s battle, only to find no evidence that it ever happened. Also, when she recalls the event, she gets a mysterious headache and sees the light again. It’s at this time that Fumito calls out to her and HOLY CRAP he’s not wearing his apron for once. This doesn’t last long however because they go back to Café Guimauve and he puts it on again.
Fumito asks again if she’s okay and when she says she is, he tells her not to lie (also, he touches her face again). Saya then admits that she’s confused and that she keeps getting headaches. Because of the headaches, he tries to take away her coffee but Saya needs her daily caffeine fix says that it calms her down so he doesn’t. Later, her father comes in and finds her asleep at the counter. After her father stands there looking stunned for a couple of seconds, Fumito explains that she fell asleep. He also mentions her headaches.
That night, Saya runs out to fight Elder Bairns again, only this time it’s foggy out. She ends up in a playground and hears the rattling of a staff. This time, the Bairn is human shaped and has a veil on so the face is covered. Also, it has a female voice. The Bairn hits Saya pretty hard right from the start and despite Saya’s best efforts, she doesn’t manage to land a single hit. It also doesn’t help that she can’t see through the fog.
The thing almost kills her, until she manages to knock the hat with the veil off revealing the head to be a giant eyeball (points to CLAMP for creativity). The Bairn then tells Saya that this is all punishment for not abiding the covenant and then explains further that the covenant is between them and the humans.
You have no idea how hard it is for me not to put in eye puns every other line
Just then, a woman runs by being attacked by fairy Bairn things. Saya kills them and goes to help the woman, but she runs away screaming when she sees Saya covered in blood and holding a sword. The eye Bairn says that Saya has the face of a hunter and Saya retorts by saying that she’ll protect everyone.
The two start to fight again, only this time more evenly. Eventually, her eyes turn red and she slices the fog away. She then notices that her sword is attached to string connected to the Bairn, thus how it could read her movements. Also, the Elder Bairn itself is where the fog came from.
Saya ditches her sword and runs at the Bairn, stabbing her hand through its eye. Saya asks what the covenant is about, but the Bairn explodes into a bloody mess before she gets any answers. After that’s over with, Saya goes to the woman who didn’t run very far after being saved (…what is with these people and not running away very far?) and asks if she’s alright. The woman just screams and runs away though. So much for gratitude.
Anyone could see that Saya had clearly won the fight
Saya turns around and sees the dog she’s been trying to pet for days. There’s a flash of red blood cells and Saya gets a headache again. She blacks out and there’s a narration of how thoughts get in that way of what people desire.
The next day, it’s raining out and Saya is at school. Saya spends that time staring blankly out the window and Yuka (who actually gets line of dialogue this episode) asks what’s wrong. Saya explains that it feels like she can’t think properly and Yuka says that Saya should come to her if anything is ever wrong. It’s around then that the twins come in and announce that gym is cancelled, so they should tell scary stories instead. Kanako is against it at first but decides to let them do it anyways. It’s not like they had anything better to do.
Itsuki tells some story about a kid who was pushed off a cliff and the twins take the opportunity to molest Saya. This earns them a hit from Yuka, Saya doesn’t understand why they were at a cliff in the first place, and the conversation moves on to the topic that stories they can relate to are scarier. Kanako says that she has one like that and begins talking about a story from their town.
She tells them about inhuman things which eat people and can speak their language. Sound familiar? Well it does to Saya and she begins having flashbacks of all the Elder Bairns she killed. Kanako says that the people tried to reason with the creatures but could only come up with one solution. Saya asks what it is, but before she gets an answer, she starts getting flashes of blood again and sees the light. She faints (or something) and Tokizane catches her.
Sometime later, Saya is in her shrine’s library looking trying to figure out what the resolution was. She also remembers Tokizane and says that he is probably the only one besides her father to call her name without an honorific. She looks inside a book at a picture depicting a human and an Elder Bairn, and notes that something is off. However, she’s interrupted before she can figure out what it is.
It turns out that one of the twins is there and Saya knows immediately that she’s Nene. Nene is impressed because not many people can tell the difference between them, but Saya says that she can because the twins are two different people. Saya asks what she’s there for and Nene says that Saya collapsed in class so she came to see how she was doing.
Nene apologises for making Kanako tell that story and asks if Saya collapsed because of it. Saya says that she’s okay and that her headaches have been going on for a while. Nene expresses her concern over this and says that if anything were to happen, it would most likely happen to her instead. Just as she says that, an Elder Bairn emerges from underground right behind her. Saya dodge-rolls Nene out of the way and Nene freaks out over the Bairn. The episode ends there.
Wow, I think this was the first episode of Blood C that didn’t have Saya singing in it. This is also the first time that a Bairn has appeared in daylight. On the shrine no less. In front of one of Saya’s friends. Sigh, this is why I hate cliff hangers. SO MUCH TENSION. Ahaha they certainly have upped the pacing for the plot here from the revelation that happened in episode 3. At least we know a bit more about the covenant now, as well as the fact that people seem to have forgotten about it. I have a few theories about the solution the people came up with involving either periodic human sacrifice or the creation of Saya’s family of Bairn hunters, but there are A LOT of things that don’t add up still.
I was kind of hoping that the Bairn with the staff and veil would turn out to be someone Saya knew just to see her reaction and its effect on her life. I was hoping it would be the teacher in particular, but she ended up playing an interesting role anyways. I’m saying this right now, she totally knows something. That story was just too close to the truth. Also, what was with Tokizane noticing right away that something was wrong with Saya? Maybe he’s just really observant.
It was nice seeing people have personality outside of their relationship from Saya. Who would have thought that the twins could have opposing opinions? In any case, it will be interesting to see how Nene reacts to Saya after this next fight is over (assuming she survives, which I am thanks to the preview). Or maybe she will just forget it ever happened like everyone else…? Next episode will certainly be interesting.
Next episode continues the fight with the Bairn. Also, it seems like there will be more daytime deaths and three twins….? Interesting.